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Self Publishing Journeys

The Self Publishing Journeys podcast is a weekly show for all indie authors. Show host Paul Teague interviews self- published authors about their writing journeys, passing on hints, tips and tricks along the way. He'll also chat to experts in related fields - proofreaders, development editors, cover designers, PR specialists, author platform creators - and they'll be offering their best advice and strategies.
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Sep 18, 2017

Laura Read has worked in publishing for over seven years, as a designer for a journal and its award-winning website.

She is now an author and freelance designer.

Her poetry has been published in two anthologies.

Her debut novel is called Deadly Sins – an exploration of the sexism that can permeate families and how sin can influence us all.

Laura's follow-up novel - Caught in a Lie - is a tale of sex, politics and betrayal.

Find Out More:

1) Laura's website: http://laurareadauthor.com/

2) Laura's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Laura-Read/e/B06Y193Y6P/

3) Laura on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4756022.Laura_Read

4) Laura on Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurareadauthor

5) Laura's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/laurareadauthor

Interview Talking Points:

1) Recommended way to build a website with WordPress: https://wordpress.org/

Don't know how to use Worpdress? I've written a book on that: https://www.createspace.com/7131886

2) Divi theme for WordPress: https://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/

3) I use Thrive Themes at https://paulteague.com/Thrive and Optimizepress at https://paulteague.com/optimize [Both affiliate links]

4) Wix websites: https://www.wix.com/ [Very simple, but not recommended as a long term solution]

5) MailerLite is what I use for email marketing: https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

Mailchimp is another alternative: https://mailchimp.com/

Don't know how to use Mailchimp? I've written a book about that too: https://www.createspace.com/7379643

6) InstaFreebie is great for building a mailing list: https://paulteague.com/IF [My affiliate link]

7) Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing 101 course: https://selfpublishingformula.com/101

8) Laura's book cover design services page: http://laurareadauthor.com/book-cover-design-services/

Sep 16, 2017

1) This week's writing progress – I should finish draft 1 of One Fatal Error on Saturday:

One Fatal Error

2) My 3d box set covers:

Paul Teague thriller trilogy

I got these done via this Fiverr account: https://www.fiverr.com/dhananjayaeffec

3) Here's a sneak peek at my Amazon ads account – look at those $1200 budgets! You never actually spend those amounts 

4) I forgot to mention this in the diary, but bursaries are available to attend the Society of Authors event in November: http://mailchi.mp/1e9be1a902a8/4fmx32ig59-2559521?e=d6b5f14af9

5) My book promotion this week.

Weds = 1252 books 95.1% US store
Thurs = 505 books 86% from US store

Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/for-the-authors/

ManyBooks: http://manybooks.net/

Fussy Librarian: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/

6) 20BooksLondon:

Book for the event now: http://20bookslondon.com/

Sep 11, 2017

Dave Chesson is best known for his Kindlepreneur blog and website.

He's is an 11 year veteran of the US Navy, but started a side hustle learning about online marketing.

He created niche websites, learnt about SEO and affiliate income, then made the move into self-publishing.

He now supports indie authors via his Kindlepreneur blog and service and also self-publishes books under a range of pen names.

Of particular note to new authors are Dave's free Amazon Ads course and his KDP Rocket web tool.

Find Out More:

Website: https://kindlepreneur.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KindlePreneur/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveChesson

Dave's KDP Rocket service: https://kdprocket.com/

Dave's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-s3Pb8uIBm0QN8MVaulJKA

Dave's free Amazon ads course: https://courses.kindlepreneur.com/courses/AMS

Interview Talking Points:

1) Clickbank is an online marketplace [My affiliate link]

2) SiteBuildIt - keyword based websites: http://www.sitesell.com/websiteacademy.html [My affiliate link]

3) Best book promotion sites article: https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/

4) Quora: https://www.quora.com/

5) Infusionsoft: https://www.infusionsoft.com/ [Also known as 'confusionsoft']

6) GetResponse: https://paulteague.com/getresponse [This is my affiliate link, it's a great service and the one that Dave uses}

7) MailerLite: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link, this is what I'm currently using]

8) I used to recommend https://www.hostgator.com but I fell out of love with that service a couple of years ago, and now use/recommend Siteground at https://paulteague.com/SG [My affiliate link]

9) 20BooksTo50k UK: http://20bookslondon.com/ This is a highly recommended UK event

Sep 9, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5k words for One Fatal Error:

Word count

2) Brian Meeks' Amazon Ads book:

[amazon_link asins='1942810156' template='ProductCarousel' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='ed89fde3-9499-11e7-9781-01729003d3f9']

3) Sci-Fi & Fantasy Giveaway - I'm taking part in this InstaFreebie Giveaway next week: http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

I recommend MailerLite for email marketing: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link]

This book giveaway is using InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

4) The Grid 1: Fall of Justice has been shortlisted in the Kindle Book Awards - hurrah!

More info at https://wp.me/P2H01p-amQSemi-finalist/Kindle Book Review

5) One Fatal Error is now on pre-sale:

6) Burden of Guilt is on sale next week:

7) Marie-Claire Allington who listens to the podcast whilst riding - pictured here with Rufus the pony: http://www.marie-claireallington.com/

Marie-Claire Allington

 8) From Twitter this week - bunny rabbits!

Sep 4, 2017

Emily Benet is an author, journalist and award-winning blogger.

She writes contemporary fiction.

Her titles include the blog-to-book retail comedy, Shop Girl Diaries, the quirky romantic comedy, The Temp, and a novel about social media addiction, #PleaseRetweet.

Her fourth novel, The Hen Party, is a fun, fast-paced reality TV saga set in the island of Mallorca.

Tired of the lack of support that she got with her traditionally published books, Emily decided to go it alone with her most recent book, opting for self-publication.

Find Out More:

Website: http://www.emilybenet.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emily-Benet/e/B008OGBRPO/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyBenetAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyBenet

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3436559.Emily_Benet

Emily on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/emilybenet

Interview Talking Points:

1) Emily's Harper Collins page: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/cr-108875/emily-benet

Harper Impulse: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/

2) Emily's ALLi article on why she swapped traditional publishing for indie: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/opinion-why-i-swapped-the-traditional-publishing-dream-to-self-publish/

3) Emily's Wattpad experiences: http://www.publishingtalk.eu/case-studies/emily-benet-wattpad-success-story/

4) Emily on Wikiepedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Benet

5) Salt Publishing: https://www.saltpublishing.com/

6) The Creative Penn podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ [Highly recommended]

7) The Alliance of Independent Authors: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ALLi [My affiliate link]

8) Paperback publishing on https://www.createspace.com/ and http://www.ingramspark.com/

9) Use Vellum to format your books at https://vellum.pub/ and Calibre is a cheaper alternative: https://calibre-ebook.com/

Sep 2, 2017

1) Some good Createspace royalties coming my way, I've been selling decent numbers of paperbacks recently, mainly non-fictions and in particular, my Mailchimp book. I've received net earnings of Earnings of £380.30 this month, with zero promotion, and although I want it to be much more, this seems to be a reasonable amount:
Createspace Royalties

2) I wanted to get back to exercising over summer and I exceeded my two-times-per-week target and managed three times each week over the 6-week holiday period:

Exercise stats

3) I've been linking my paperbacks with my Kindle versions - it's important to do this! Just drop the KDP helpdesk an email:KDP

4) I formatted my first paperback with Vellum and it's fabulous - a huge cost-saving and it took no time at all:Vellum formatting

Non-Mac users check out my How To Use Vellum On A PC: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

5) Winter is coming with Wordpress! This is important and worrying info for Wordpress users: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/08/30/attention-authors-wordpress-5-0-will-change-everything-know-wordpress/amp/

6) Check out the new group giveaways feature on Instafreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

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